Ollera Station

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Ollera Rd, Wandsworth
An historic station property containing many interesting vernacular rural buildings founded in 1836. The group is virtually a small village and once served as a school and community centre for the surrounding district. The property is situated in an outstanding landscape setting. The buildings are pleasantly grouped on a hill surrounded by Pine and EUCALYPTUS Trees, overlooking a small valley. Dominating the group near the top of the hill is St.Bartholomew

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
A large pastoral property founded in 1838 which once encompassed most of the land bounded by Bundarra, Tingha, Guyra and Boorolong. The group includes: homestead and garden with gates; slab outbuildings cottages; shearing shed with surrounding landscape and trees; St Bartholomew's Church of England; Ollera Cemetery; 1862 school; 1840 woolwashing plant; 1895 woolscouring plant; and sites of brickworks.
Ollera Cemetery is one of the earliest in the New England Region, and depicts the life of pioneers. It contains seven areas of graves which face east and is divided into family plots rather than by religious denomination. The immediate boundary is marked by a post and wire fence with a white wooden gate on the northern boundary. Approximately 60m to the north of the cemetery, the entrance road is bounded by stone pillars supporting an iron gateway, bearing the name Ollera Cemetery. The gateway is a memorial to Thomas Arundel Everett, the last male member of the Everett family.
A range of monument types and materials is present, including upright slabs of sandstone, marble and granite. Obelisks, columns, crosses and horizontal slabs are also of these materials. Some of the older monuments consist of headstone only, while others are within concrete or iron surrounds. The earliest burial evident is that of Henry Ditmas in 1843, whose grave is marked by an unusual slate stele.
Notable burials are: Edward Arnold Hill (1872) grandson of Robert Southey (Poet Laureate); George Thorpe (1888) who was a house servant to the pioneering Everett family for over forty years and was formerly a servant to the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo; William Carew, a shepherd on Ollera Station; a corporal who fought at Waterloo; and Edwin Everett (1909) cofounder of Ollera Station.
There are also members of all other pioneering families of the district including Camerons, Jacksons, Dawsons, McKenzies, Carpendales, Skinners, Pearsons and Stewarts. Five generations of some of these families are all buried on the site.